Directed By: Nick Castle Starring: Gregory Hines

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A tribute to Tap dance

by Kenyada on 4/12/2008

TAP does not allow a contrived plot get in the way of the dance scenes, which are more than worth the price of admission. Generations of hoofers are allowed to strut their stuff in one of the finest dramatic displays of the art form since Cotton Club. Gregory Hines is in his element as an ex-con reluctant to return to show business, while Sammy Davis Jr., Harold Nicholas and other notables give us a peek into the world of tap dance. Of course, if you want to see the real deal, you’ll rent some of the old classic black and white films that featured the Nicholas Brothers, such as the famed “Stormy Weather.” Read More

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An ex-hoofer recently released from prison finds himself between the two very different worlds of his past while facing an uneasy future.


Studio Sony
SKU 202736234
UPC 043396159044
UPC 14 00043396159044
Format DVD
Release Date 10/23/2007
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Max, a recently released con, is an ex-hoofer intent on forgetting his tap roots. Crime has paid Max extremely well. But now that he is back on the street after a stint in prison, Max faces an uneasy future, trapped between two very different pasts. Actor-tap dancer extraordinare Gregory Hines plays Max with depth and gusto in what turns out to be a star making performance. In fact, the American Film Institute lists TAP on its list of "Star Performances."
Plot Summary
Summary Gregory Hines, Savion Glover and a host of brilliant old-time hoofers (including Sammy Davis, Jr.) star in this musical that showcases the individuality, the style and the history of tapdancing.| Hines plays an ex-con who discovers that only through his art can he find both personal and racial pride, and put his life back together again.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "You can't really dust for vomit." (Nigel Tufnel)
Variety "...TAP is a surprisingly rich and affecting blend of dance and story....Plenty of glowing contemporary entertainment..." 02/08/1989
Los Angeles Times "...In the dance routines of TAP, Gregory Hines has a look of lazily ecstatic glee that's almost irresistible....Hines is sensational..." 02/10/1989 p.C6
Nick Castle
Gregory Hines
Cast & Crew
David Gribble - Cinematographer
Gary Adelson, et. al. - Producer
Gregory Hines - Actor
James Newton Howard - Original Music By
Nick Castle - Director
Nick Castle - Writer
Patrick Kennedy - Editor
Sammy Davis Jr. - Actor
Savion Glover - Actor
Suzzanne Douglass - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1989
Catalog ID 15904
UPC 00043396159044
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 111 minutes
Color Color
Original Language French
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The weakness of "Tap," as I've suggested, is that almost everything that happens in the movie is borrowed, more or less frankly, from old movie lore. In a way, that's also a strength: This is a musical about musicals, as well as being a tap dance movie about tap dancers. The film about the decline of tap is, itself, a form of resurrection. I don't know how "Tap" will do at the movie box office, but I know that just as it stands, it's the scenario for a Broadway musical that could quite possibly be a very big hit. Of course, that's a cliche, too.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Hines,Gregory
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Los Angeles Times ...Hines is sensational...
Variety ...a surprisingly rich and affecting blend of dance and story...

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